'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Critic Reviews

74%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
22%
Rotten Tomatoes:   137 reviews
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    The film wants to be a diverse, all-encompassing examination of contemporary parenting, but it's overly sanitized and insists on neatly tying up each of its stories at the end.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle
    50
    I can't watch that many characters simultaneously push without feeling like I, too, have been put through the ringer. If only the filmmakers had themselves pushed harder for a more incisive and more daring depiction of 21st century new parenthood.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    50
    "What to Expect" isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jake Mulligan Boston Phoenix
    50
    Most of the time, the sentimental rom-com antics and underdeveloped archetypes feel as fake as the big bellies the ladies are showing off.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Moira MacDonald Seattle Times
    50
    Don't expect much.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ann Lewinson Kansas City Star
    50
    Expect that two hours will feel like nine months, and that before it's over you'll be screaming for an epidural to your brain.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Tobias AV Club
    42
    To use the appropriate parlance, it's bloated, though the waves of nausea here come more in the third trimester than the first.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Stevens E! Online
    42
    What to expect when you're watching: attractive actors playing unrealistic characters, sitcom-y storylines with predictable outcomes and a heavy-handed family-values message. In other words, warmed-over baby formula.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell CinemaBlend.com
    60
    When it works, it's because genuinely funny people are elevating tempered material.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    25
    Director James Kirk and editor Michael Berenbaum chop and sloppily paste the scenes with little concern for the overall flow.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christopher Lloyd Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    40
    Audiences were expecting more than this.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Movieline
    45
    What to Expect When You're Expecting doesn't find new laughs, just layers on attempts at the tried-and-true ones - think one scene in which a woman howls and makes funny faces during labor is funny? How about many of them together?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rafer Guzman Newsday
    63
    With 10 main characters and nearly as many smaller players, "What to Expect" attempts to cover every possible type of motherhood in America and very nearly succeeds.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Patches Hollywood.com
    70
    Hollywood rarely gives birth to a comedy that's both hilarious and honest. 'What to Expect' hits both chords, defying expectations.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    50
    Mechanically hits all the manipulative beats and tropes one anticipates while failing to breathe much dimension into the actors vying for screen time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire HitFix
    25
    Is the sight of a woman in labor screaming for drugs ever not hilarious? If you can honestly answer yes, then you might want to see Expecting after all.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    25
    With this much intelligence about pregnancy, What to Expect may as well have come from the instructions on how to build a table.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    34
    What the movie needs most is a representative of Child Protective Services to take all the babies taken away from these selfish and superficial people.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    25
    Director Kirk Jones finds little to love about child rearing in this movie adapted by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach from Heidi Murkoff's advice manuals...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rebecca Murray About.com
    17
    It's a tedious, lifeless mishmash of characters with all the personality of mannequins.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    17
    Don't expect much...You might think it was Garry Marshall's latest holiday-themed multi-subplot stinker.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Judy Screen It!
    The 110 or so minutes ended up feeling like 9 months of cinematic gestation without the glow. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    63
    Sometimes a dopey sitcom and sometimes a thoughtful look at how intimidating it is to have a kid.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Silver EntertainmentTell
    60
    As star-studded adaptations of popular, nonfiction, non-narrative self-help books go, 'What To Expect' is surprisingly not terrible.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alonso Duralde The Wrap
    In a year when women's reproductive freedoms are constantly in the political crosshairs, What to Expect When You're Expecting feels like just another affront to anyone who owns and operates a uterus.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
AVG. RATING 3.4 WORTHY
Rate This
!
  • 2 people have reviewed What to Expect When You're Expecting
19 people have rated What to Expect When You're Expecting
  • 5 Star:
    3
    16%
  • 5
    27%
  • 3 Star:
    6
    32%
  • 2 Star:
    3
    16%
  • 1 Star:
    2
    11%
  • 0 Star:
    0%
  • User Lists112
  • Comments0
More Movies Like
What to Expect When You're Expecting
Burning Man Margarine Wars The Five-Year Engagement Mirror Mirror One for the Money American Reunion